I have a Kamado, so I can relate.
For the first-time user, start slow with your fire. Don't start with a conflagration of charcoal - light only a few hunks of charcoal, place them among the un-lit hunks, and allow your temps to come up slowly. This will give you a good feel from the git-go for regulating the temps of your BGE.
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